Five-nation military exercise in East Mediterranean sends message to Ankara

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Cyprus and Greece will join Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates in conducting a joint sea-air exercise off the Mediterranean coast of Alexandria, starting Monday, November 30.

The joint exercise is expected to last until December 6, according to Cyprus’ Ministry of Defense, which announced the exercise via Twitter on Saturday.

READ MORE: Greece, Cyprus and Egypt call on Turkey to stop “imperial fantasies” and join them.

The exercise is dubbed ”MEDUSA” and is the latest development in an area where tensions between Turkey and Greece have been very high since July.

In response to the exercise, Turkey’s Defense Ministry noted that the alliance had conducted successive military drills in the Eastern Mediterranean since August “to provoke Turkey,” according to Turkish media outlet, Daily Sabah.

READ MORE: Greece, UAE forge strategic partnership and condemn Turkish provocations.

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